Deniliquin Pastoral Times
Twos on top
Hot and blustery conditions greeted golfers on Saturday for the penultimate round of the Deniliquin Golf Club Premier League, with the hard and fast conditions making scoring difficult for all but a few.
Results in the Norrumboon conference have kept the finals race wide open with five teams chasing two spots when the final home and away round is held this weekend.
Twos secured top spot with another dominant display in their win over Golf Mates, 149 to 131.
It was the Kevs who did the damage for Twos with captain Kev Reeves leading all scorers with 41 points and Kev Keane 40. Graeme Rothwell led Golf Mates with 35.
Golf Mates have dropped to seventh and require a win and results to fall their way in the final round if they are to feature in finals.
Eagles & Birdies recorded a narrow three point win over TaylorMaids, 143 to 140.
Felicity McCalman was the difference between the two sides scoring 42 points for Eagles & Birdies.
Captain Prue Grant and Ali Ferguson led TaylorMaids with 36 points.
The win moves Eagles & Birdies to third on the ladder, but they still require a win next week to be certain of finals.
With their season on the line, COVID8 put in their best performance to date to secure a 129 to 123 win over The Jackson 8.
Ross Taylor recorded an excellent 38 points to lead COVID-8, while Glenda Campbell top-scored for the Jackson 8 with 34.
The win moves COVID-8 to fifth on the ladder, sitting outside the top four on percentage only, while the Jackson 8 fell to fourth.
Both teams need a win next week to feature in finals and even that may not be enough for COVID-8.
The Ones made it two wins in a row, defeating a depleted Da Cluster 133 to 122.
Andrew ‘Taffy’ Brunker led Ones with 40 points, while Mick Barnett top scored for Da Cluster with 39.
The win sees Ones remain second on the ladder and only a unique set of results in the final round would see them miss finals.
Da Cluster sit sixth and play The Jackson 8 in round seven where a win might be just enough to move into the top four.
In the Steam Plains conference, finals will come early after Hit & Hope and The Pennant Team both suffered defeats and will now face off in what is effectively an elimination final in round seven.
Bush Whackers maintained their unbeaten streak with a stunning win over The Pennant Team, 133 to 129.
Bush Whackers were limited to five players but led by Jill Jeffrey’s 38 points and Neil Boswell’s 33, they secured top spot on the ladder. Rob Wettenhall led The Pennant Team with 37.
The loss drops The Pennant Team to fifth and into a must win final round match with Hit & Hope.
Old Boys jumped to third on the ladder with a 125 to 117 win over the Mighty Mulligans.
Barry Barlow again led Old Boys scoring with 33 points, while captain Wendy Pekin scored 32 for Mighty Mulligans.
The win secured Old Boys’ place in the finals, while Mighty Mulligans have slipped to last place.
A consistent scoring effort from Wedgies was enough to overcome Hit & Hope despite the brilliant score of 41 points by Nick Metcalfe. Wedgies won the match 138 to 125.
The Wedgies were led by Simon Tilders and Vince Kelly, 35 points each.
Wedgies jumped to second on the ladder, with the win securing their finals position.
Hit & Hope fell to fourth and will face a must-win situation against The Pennant Team.
The Merinos caused the upset of the round when they defeated Local Knowledge 130 to 118.
Jimmy Poka jnr made a welcomed return to form with 38 points to lead The Merinos. Jen Choice again top scored for Local Knowledge with 36, but she lacked scoring support.
The Merinos win ended any finals hopes that Local Knowledge had heading in to the round.
While both teams are out of the race for finals, they still have much to play for in this week’s final round.
Premier League plays the final round matches this Saturday, October 10.
Finals start Saturday, October 24 and continue October 31, before the Premier League Final is played on November 7.
This will be followed by the league presentation night.